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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have never taken martial arts before, do you have a beginners class?

A: Great! If you are new to the martial arts then there will be no bad habits to break. Our classes are designed so you can begin right away and you will be learning the most basic techniques first. Then as you attend more classes the techniques build on one another, however, we never drift to far from the basics. The difference between a white belt and a blue belt, is a blue belt is better at the basics. The difference between a blue belt and a purple belt, is a purple belt is better at the basics, and so on.

Q: I don’t know if I’m in good enough shape to do Jiu-Jitsu?

A: The truly great thing about the New Mexico Jiu-Jitsu Academy is that we build our students from the ground up. It doesn’t matter if your overweight, underweight, tall, short, old, or young, there is a place for you to develop your self-defense skills and reach your physical fitness goals, and that place is the New Mexico Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

Q: Am I required to compete?

A: Absolutely not! We teach a self-defense system, not a sport based martial art. If students choose to compete in either Sport Jiu-Jitsu or mixed martial arts competitions, the Academy will support and help them in any way possible. But never will students be expected to compete, and competition performance has no influence on rank promotions.

Q: What is the difference between Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts?

A: Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is the only martial art that effectively deals with self-defense in the standing and ground position, with an emphasis on the ground techniques. Statistics show that 95% of all street fights and violent attacks end up with one or both subjects on the ground. If you end up on the ground and have only trained in arts that focus on punching and kicking then you are in for a long day.

Q: How long until I receive my black belt?

A: I can tell you if your immediate goal is to be a black belt then Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is not for you. It takes an average of about 10 years, which is substantially longer than most other martial arts. However, if your goal is to learn how to defend yourself then Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is just what you are looking for.